Fausta (middle in pink) with her family

Fausta (middle in pink) with her family

Last year, 12-year-old Fausta Twizerimana spent three weeks at the  Dance Theater of Harlem after receiving an invitation to the summer intensive workshop over several hundred other hopefuls.

Fausta lives off Haskell near Fair Park, attends school at Uplift Luna Preparatory and dances with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Nine years ago Fausta left a refugee camp in Tanzania with her parents, Jean and Francine, and five siblings, all of whom were born in the camp.

One woman in particular, Dolena Westergard, an attorney who is active in the Refugee Outreach program at Grace, took the family under her wing and enrolled Fausta in Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

You can read more about Fausta’s story here.


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